Metro-east appears to have escaped major damage from storms

News-Democrat --April 19, 2011 

Emergency managers in St. Clair and Madison counties were breathing a sigh of relief Tuesday night after severe storms left little reported damage in their areas.

"I think we dodged it," St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency Director Randy Lay said about 9 p.m.

Some power lines and trees were reported down in the county, but there were no reports of tornados or major damage, according to Lay.

Golf-ball size hail was reported in Collinsville and Caseyville, according to the National Weather Service and Madison County Emergency Management Agency Director Larry Ringering. But no tornados or significant damage were reported, Ringering said.

There were reports of tornados in Montgomery and Macoupin counties, some hail and wind damage in Madison and St. Clair counties and pretty severe wind damage out toward Centralia, National Weather Service meteorologist Gary Schmocker said.

The Weather Service received hundreds of storm reports from throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area, but the extent of the damage will not be known until a survey is completed Wednesday, Schmocker said.

Storms were expected to continue into Tuesday night but then stop on Wednesday, Schmocker said. Severe storms could return Thursday and continue through Friday night, he said.

One hundred and eighty three customers in Madison County and 806 in St. Clair County had lost power as of 9:20 p.m., according to Ameren Illinois.

Belleville police, Illinois State Police and the Madison County Sheriff's Department did not report any weather-related accidents, injuries or damage by approximately 9 p.m.

KSDK-TV Channel 5 reported that at least one home and some cars were damaged by fallen trees in Belleville.

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